Jay-Z has called Lupe Fiasco, “a breath of fresh air” in the hip hop industry, and if you read up on the guy you can see why. He’s into comic books, anime, sneakers and t-shirts; he’s a skateboarder; he’s Muslim; doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t go to the club. He’s also got ridiculous flow, a good ear for hot beats, and I respect the fact that he does use his platform to provide some social commentary.
Seeing as how I also grew up fixating on a lot of nerdy shit like comic books and anime, as well as being into hip hop and appreciating social commentary, I’m a definite Lupe fan. What I’m really looking forward to, however, is his new album, “The Cool,” and a series of new projects he has in the works. He recently talked to the folks over at Pitchfork Media and gave some details about those future projects. Sounds like “The Cool” is going to be a concept album centered around a series of characters with supernatural elements and traits. Those characters will carry on in the form of a horror radio show he’s putting together, as well as a comic book series. Fuckin awesome! Thank you Lupe for allowing me to continue to indulge in my nerdy interests, and at the same time make them cool. His album drops on Dec. 18th, check it out and keep a lookout for those future projects mentioned above.
In the meantime, peep these two dope songs/videos from the upcoming album:
“Dumb It Down”